Wayne State research team receives NSF award that will create computer-assisted diagnosis tools for various brain diseasesAugust 28, 2008
According to the grant abstract, compared to the explosive collection of visual datasets, computation techniques for gaining knowledge from very large, diverse, heterogeneous visual datasets have only evolved modestly. This project aims to bridge these gaps and to promote more effective utilization and better understanding of the valuable data.
"The project will foster a strong research program in geometry-guided knowledge discovery in multimodality visual data, with an emphasis on neuroimaging applications," commented Dong of Troy. "The project can immediately help to elevate the existing resources and on-going research to a unified, systematic level and strengthen computer science education," he added.
The ultimate goal of this project is to apply the computational tools to computer-assisted diagnosis of brain diseases such as tumors and brain functional disorder. The research team is aiming to identify disease patterns in the human brain, thus providing both clinical and social benefits to a large sector of the population. In addition, they hope to disseminate the research results to both computer science and medical communities through free Web access of the software tools and the set of sample data.
"This project is a great example of the multi-disciplinary collaborative environment that is growing at Wayne State University," said Gloria Heppner, associate vice president for Research at WSU. "By bringing great minds together from departments such as computer science and radiology, new research ideas are being fostered that will ultimately impact the lives of many," Heppner added.
Wayne State University is one of the nation's pre-eminent public research universities in an urban setting. Through its multidisciplinary approach to research and education, and its ongoing collaboration with government, industry and other institutions, the university seeks to enhance economic growth and improve the quality of life in the city of Detroit, state of Michigan and throughout the world.
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